News|January 14, 2011 11:54 am

Abbas Tyrewala Says No to Make Romantic Film

After a debacle of ” Jhootha Hi Sahi, Abbas Tyrewala has decided not to make romantic movies again. The writer-turned-director, Abbas has already writing an episode thriller. The director says,

“Everyone has romance within himself. So do I. But everyone has a sense of humour too. It doesn’t mean you should make a comedy. After ‘Jhootha Hi Sahi’, I never want to return to the romcom. It’s just not my scene.”

His next would be a dark noire thriller occupying a more cerebral head space and using actors from a different generation. Abbas said,

“I’m writing a dark espionage thriller which would take me as far away from the romantic genre as creatively possible. The romcom limits your choice of actors.

“I want to do a film with Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Shah, Paresh Rawal…those wonderful actors bring in their own wisdom, maturity and wit with them. I don’t want to be doing films that restrict me to the youth market.”

When asked from him the reason behind the failure of the film, he replied,

“We can go on doing a post-mortem. But the fact is when we started the film a budget of Rs.30 crore didn’t seem exorbitant for a film whose director had ‘Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na’ behind him, producer (Madhu Mantena) had ‘Ghajini’ and the leading man was fresh from two hits, ‘Dostana’ and ‘New York’.

“Then suddenly 2010 became the year of the bloodbath. Suddenly films with a budget of Rs.80-100-120 crore began to bomb. We were suddenly seen as being self-indulgent. I’ve realised the hard way that cost effectiveness is all-important.”

As for his wife Pakhi’s insipid debut, he takes full responsibility.

“I now realize that dressing up a suicidal character in non-glamorous clothes is suicidal for a film. If Pakhi did not come across as dynamic and beautiful then I failed. I was just too close to her to direct her objectively.”

“If people said she looked like an aunty in the film, I am to blame completely. I was trying an aspirational style with her. I am the one who thought she should dress up a particular way as she was playing a suicidal character. I’d constantly reject chic clothes for her and opt for more matter-of-fact dresses.

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